1972 Hurst Oldsmobile Pace Car

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Rarest Indianapolis 500 Pace Car of All

Remember Linda Vaughn striding atop a platform over the back seat of the 1972 Hurst Oldsmobile Pace Car Convertible holding onto a giant Hurst shifter? That is an image forever imprinted in the minds of anyone who saw the Indianapolis 500 that year. It was the 56th Annual running of the Indianapolis 500 race and it was the first time Hurst Performance Products (or any other non-auto manufacturer) had ever produced a car to pace the race at the Brickyard.

A private collector from Hilton, New York just posted his 1972 Hurst Oldsmobile Pace Car Convertible for sale in the Cars On Line.com Oldsmobile Muscle Car Section online. He says it has undergone a complete body-off restoration with less than 100 miles put on it since the redo. According to the ad copy it has taken many first place awards at shows and even recorded 998 points out of 1,000 at the Hurst Olds Nationals. The seller has been so careful with it that the top has never been down since the restoration. He says it is stored in a temperature controlled garage.

This car has been SOLD.

It was the first year that a non-manufacturing company ever produced a car to lead the Indy 500. In 1971 there was an accident with the Dodge Challenger Pace Car and 20 people were injured. No auto manufacturer wanted to produce the Indy Pace Car for 1972, so Hurst 1972 Hurst Oldsmobile Pace CarPerformance Products stepped up to offer its Hurst Oldsmobile as a Pace Car. Of the 130 Pace Car edition convertibles produced for Oldsmobile dealers around the country no one has recorded how many were Turbo Hydromatic 400’s but we do know that this one is.

The 455 ci big block engine was detuned down to 270 horsepower for 1972 because of emission controls and the use of unleaded gas. The Hurst Oldsmobile Pace Car featured the W-30 package and a Rallye suspension. Oldsmobile discontinued making a convertible model for the Cutlass at the end of the 1972 model year. Everything about this car is rare and unique in automotive history. But the Linda Vaughn connection is what makes this car so incredibly valuable.

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